Telecommunications firms Samsung and KDDI have successfully tested 5G onboard a high-speed train in Japan.
KDDI said that the tests mark an important milestone in the commercialisation of next generation mobile networks and could pave the way for a vastly improved onboard wifi, superior passenger infotainment and increased security and analytics. KDDI aims to launch 5G by 2020.
Tests were carried out onboard a train travelling at 100km/h on a 1.5km stretch of track between October 17-19 in the city of Saitama.
During the demonstration, the companies achieved a successful downlink and uplink handover as well as a peak speed of 1.7gbps (Gigabits per second).
Samsung Electronics’ head of networks business Youngky Kim said that 5G has the power to “transform the landscape of our daily lives.”
KDDI senior managing executive officer Yoshiaki Uchida added: “With 5G expected to bring railway services to a whole new dimension, the success of today’s demonstration in everyday locations such as a train and a train station is an important milestone indicating 5G commercialisation is near.
“To fulfil our aim to launch 5G by 2020, KDDI will continue exploring real-life scenario experiments for diverse 5G use and business cases together with Samsung.”